If only all canal boat companies were this professional, and boats so well equipped. This was our first hire from Beacon Park Boats and our experience was superior in all respects from all others we have hired elsewhere. Apart from a company that clearly knows how to do customer service the canal itself suits those like us who prefer cruising with very little traffic (one day passing just 3 other boats). The scenery is variable and stunning, a plethora of quiet locations to moor up against in the evening, and just the right amount of locks and bridges to make the trip interesting but not tedious.
We hired Osprey, which was incredibly well equipped, clearly well maintained and very cleanly presented at handover. A minor battery hiccup was rectified canal side at 8.00pm on a Sunday evening, within a couple of hours of us phoning it in. Looking at other hire boats on the canal we were glad that we made the decision to hire from Beacon Park - the saying that you get what you pay for holds true.
We had a fab week on the Condor wide beam boat and the whole experience was excellent from start to finish. It's a great set up and the team who welcomed us were super friendly and helpful. On the boat you have everything you need - the beds are lovely and comfortable, the showers are amazing (really they are!) and the kitchen was really well equipped. There were 5 of us (plus dog) on the boat and you felt like there was plenty of room. The canal itself really is stunning. Incredibly peaceful and beautiful scenery - excellent for a few early morning runs as well! All in all a brilliant holiday on a gorgeous boat - a great way to escape away and fully relax.
This was our first visit to this canal. Beacon Park Boats made it truly memorable by providing a five star boat offering every amenity one could ask for. The whole team were welcoming both upon arrival and when we returned a week later. The canal is beautiful offering stunning views however if we had one negative comment to make it would be the lack of canal side pubs. Other than that we thoroughly enjoyed our time.
This is the second time we've hired a narrowboat from Beacon Park Boats - both times we had the Osprey which is absolutely fabulous. Quality of workmanship, upkeep of the boat and the fact that each couple had a 5' bed and their own, excellent, shower was superb. The boat itself is wonderfully equipped and pootling down the lovely Monmouth & Brecon canal was a most delightful & relaxing experience. We hope to do it again!
Our second canal trip and I did not think they could be so different. The Monmouth and Brecon Canal is the most idilic setting. It does not connect with the wider canal network so it is quieter with less moored boats; but with volunteers at the locks should you still be finding your feet.
The choices are endless. Moor up and explore the villages and countryside, walk canal-side (you will walk faster than the boat!), or drift along taking in the scenery.
For maximum enjoyment get everyone to do every job... driving, day planning, lock operations, getting the next round in!
Fabulous boat from Beacon Park Boats (we had Eagle.. five adults and two dogs fitted perfectly) and excellent service from the staff.
Improvements?... Minor point but better information about the location for water, pump-out and turning would have made day-planning much easier.
Truly exceptional company to deal with and superb narrowboats. Could not wait for our second holiday in the Brecon Beacons on Beacon Park Boats, cannot fault the service from initial booking, instruction given to the final boat return. All their staff are brilliant, and the flap jacks superb!
It's so friendly you cannot help smiling even if it's raining, wonderful set up, already introduced friends on our second trip and definitely will be back for more, cannot recommend Alasdair and Sarah more highly, brilliant holidays.
Excellent booking in and service. Immaculate boats and extremely helpful staff. Lots of useful information on board to help with advise on good places to eat etc. Beautiful canal with lots of interest. Highly recommended.